5 items from 2012
Joe Carnahan! Click above to Listen Now! Director Joe Carnahan joins Moreno and Law for a great discussion about The Grey Blu-ray and DVD release last week (May 15th), his plans for the Death Wish remake, and douchebag animal activists. From there we try to comprehend the ending of last week's 'Game of Thrones', review Get The Gringo, Shut Up Little Man, & Winnebago Man. New releases let's Law vent about This Means War while Moreno surprisingly looks »
- Jim Law
Article by Dan Clark of Movie Revolt
Welcome to the first installment of Streaming for Your Pleasure where I highlight interesting and unique films now available on Netflix streaming. In each segment I will focus on one major overall category – this first time round I am looking at some intriguing documentaries that are worth checking out.
Directed By Lincoln Ruchti
Synopsis: At the unassuming Twin Galaxies arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa, early gamers fought for bragging rights at the 1982 Video Game World Championships. See how competitive gaming started, and meet arcade owner Walter Day, who still oversees scoring.
Why You Should Check It Out: There is just something about that arcade experience that I really miss. Today’s online gaming world is full of foul mouth preteen kids mocking you in almost every turn. Back in the day those kids were standing right next to you »
Just a quick reminder -- okay, I guess it's a shameless self-promotion, really. But SXSW Film starts tomorrow (Friday, March 9) and one of the first panels is "Beginners Guide to SXSW Film," which is a lot of fun even if you have been to the fest before. The panel starts at 2 pm in Austin Convention Center, Room 16Ab.
As in past years, the panel will be skillfully moderated by Agnes Varnum, Austin Film Society Director of Marketing. I'll be on the panel too -- it's my second year, as will Austin film producer Joel Heller (Winnebago Man), film writer/programmer/consultant Basil Tsiokos, and attorney George Rush.
We all have our standard tips and tricks for people who haven't been to the fest before, and in addition, we'll take questions from the audience. It's a lot of fun. So I hope you'll be there and ask us about any area »
- Jette Kernion
SXSW starts tomorrow, and one of the best parts of the festival is the shorts program, a perennial favorite. I've pre-screened a number of this year's excellent entries, and here is part one of my pre-fest short film coverage.
Tumbleweed! (Texas Shorts)
Wow! Offbeat, whimsical, and completely delightful. Tumbleweed! is an inspirational story of a tumbleweed that refuses to tumble. This seven-minute short is the kind of little nugget that makes the shorts program a must-see. Very loosely set in Texas.
Heimkommen (Narrative Shorts)
A poignant and touching look at sibling tensions in the wake of a tragic accident, Heimkommen (Come Home) tells a story that is simple yet deep. Director Micah Magee is a San Antonio native and Ut Austin grad, and she's also a former Cinematexas co-director.
In the Pines (Narrative Shorts)
In nine minutes, In the Pines managed to re-create the mood I felt after two hours watching Tree of Life. »
- Mike Saulters
Say what? You don't recognize the name Ben Steinbauer? Perhaps you remember the hit documentary Winnebago Man, which wowed crowds at film festivals everywhere it played, including SXSW 2009. In 2010, the Austin Film Critics Association awarded it Best Austin Film. This time around, Steinbauer brings a documentary short about Stephen Friedland called Brute Force to SXSW 2012.
Slackerwood: Describe your film for us in a couple of sentences.
What's one thing about the film that is going to make it impossible for people to resist seeing it?
The relationship between Stephen, aka "Brute Force," who is now in his seventies, and his daughter Lilah, aka "Daughter of Force," is funny, charming and endlessly relatable. It will appeal to anyone who has a »
- Jenn Brown
5 items from 2012
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